The Korean carmakers on Thursday gave us a sneak-peak into what the interiors and exteriors of the soon-to-be-launched compact SUV Sonet will appear and feel like. Kia Sonet would be the second SUV from the corporate in India and third product general, after the Seltos and Carnival MPV. The much-hyped Hyundai Venue-rival has been on the lips of vehicle fans and prospects for some time now. Right here’ all we all know up to now concerning the upcoming sub-compact SUV:
How does the automotive really feel?
Karim Habib, Senior Vice President and Head of Kia World Design has outlined the Sonet as “a compact SUV with a robust and muscular character.” Kia Sonet will function tiger-nose grille with 3D ‘stepwell’ geometric grille mesh sample. The tiger-nose grille has change into a signature of Kia vehicles. It was additionally seen on the Seltos. As well as, the Sonet will sport a glossy, and full-LED headlamp unit.
The general design and styling of the production-ready mannequin seems in step with the idea mannequin showcased on the 2020 Auto Expo. Kia says that the automotive is aimed toward young-at-heart, tech-savvy consumers in search of a classy trendy and feature-full automobile.
Daring sculpted strains with beefy wheel arch cladding, two-tone black roof, roof rails, together with a sloping C-pillar and a small quarter glass add a particular look to the SUV.
On the rear of the Sonet, we will discover a curved windshield, LED hind lights linked with an LED strip to make your complete taillight cluster appear like one. Total the automotive seems like a muscular and will appeal to younger consumers.
How’s it from inside?
Designed to maximise driver and passenger consolation, as Kia says, one factor is bound. The Sonet’s inside is trendy, dynamic and options packed to the gills.
Trimmed in high-quality supplies, its dashboard will present homeowners with the automotive’s full vary of user-friendly options, together with a two-layer tray to retailer cellular gadgets and different gadgets whereas driving.
Taking middle stage is its high-tech digital show and instrument cluster, that includes a first-in-segment 10.25-inch HD touchscreen and navigation system with UVO Linked applied sciences.
The Sonet may even provide drivers steering wheel-mounted controls, and the power to pick out the totally different drive and traction modes. Air vents within the dashboard function a metallic, diamond-knurled sample, an elegant and classy design spotlight.
Made in India for India
The Sonet is Kia’s newest ‘Made-in-India’ product and will likely be out there in most of the model’s world markets.
The Sonet will function an intensive checklist of energetic and passive security gear. It can come geared up with as much as six airbags – providing a mixture of entrance, aspect, and curtain safety for occupants.
We must wait a little bit extra to know what all driver-assist applied sciences Kia will introduce within the Sonet however, what we do know is that it’ll sport clever handbook transmission (iMT) that was not too long ago seen within the Venue.
iMT and Hyundai Venue angle
Hyundai Motor India performed its trump card to remain forward within the recreation. Hyundai will likely be difficult the Kia Sonet with the compact SUV Venue, significantly the most recent Sport trim.
iMT expertise is basically a revolutionary 2-pedal system that eliminates the necessity for drivers to continually use the clutch pedal as in a standard handbook transmission. Nonetheless, with this expertise the motive force retains the power to fit gears manually, thereby delivering enhanced management and retaining the enjoyment of driving.
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The Hyundai Venue Sport trim has been the one iMT (Clever Guide Transmission) automotive in India till the Kia Sonet hits the roads on August 7.
The 2 compact SUVs with the brand new iMT expertise will likely be taking one another head on within the Indian market.
Hyundai Venue makes use of 1.0-litre turbo-petrol, 1.2-litre petrol, and 1.5-litre diesel. It is a no-brainer what Hyundai’s sister firm Kia Motors will provide Sonet.
Kia Sonet will almost certainly provide the iMT gearbox with the 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine and an elective 7-speed dual-clutch computerized transmission. Alternatively, the Hyundai Venue provides the iMT transmission mated to the 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine of its entry-level SX variant.
The newest Sport trim additionally provides the iMT transmission mated with the 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine within the entry-level SX variant. The second choice is the 7-speed DCT computerized gearbox.
This development was noticed between the 2 Korean auto giants final yr too.
When Kia launched the Kia Seltos in 2019 with three engine options- 1.4-litre turbo-petrol, 1.5-litre petrol, and 1.5-litre diesel, Hyundai ended up rolling out the 2020 Creta with equivalent identical choices (although turbo-petrol has solely DCT).
The Kia Sonet and Hyundai Venue are taking ahead this battle, besides, Hyundai holds an edge this time. Hyundai Venue has been well-accepted, clocking over one lakh gross sales in lower than a yr.
Rivals, Value, Phase
Kia Sonet is anticipated to land in an already over-populated section. As of right this moment, there are a minimum of eight present and upcoming vehicles within the section.
Since it’s a sub-4m SUV, it’ll battle it out with the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Hyundai Venue, Mahindra XUV300, Ford EcoSport in addition to the upcoming Renault Kiger (HBC), Toyota City Cruiser and Nissan Magnite.
The final deciding issue could possibly be the associated fee. It’s anticipated that the Sonet will price Rs 7.5 lakh – 12.5 lakh (ex-showroom).
In the meantime simply wanting over the shoulder, Hyundai Venue prices Rs 6.7 lakh to Rs 11.Four lakh (ex-showroom), whereas Tata Nexon prices between Rs 6.95 lakh and Rs 12.7 lakh (ex-showroom) and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza prices Rs 7.34 lakh to Rs 11.Four lakh (ex-showroom)
It has been a great time in India’s compact SUV section, we may simply hope and wait to see a fierce battle between the gamers within the section.